DuPont and Plantic Technologies, an Australian company that specializes in starch-based biopolymers, are collaborating in the development and sale of renewably sourced polymers that will be marketed as part of the DuPont Biomax family of products. Plans include the development of renewably sourced resins and sheet materials based on high-amylose corn starch as the feedstock for applications including cosmetics, personal care and food packing trays, caps and containers. “Putting DuPont’s polymer science and biotechnology together with Plantic’s starch-based technology helps both companies broaden the performance of this class of polymers while accelerating the availability of more options to replace the use of nonrenewable feedstocks,” says Shanna Moore, DuPont global business director for sustainable packaging materials.
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
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